Friday, October 01, 2004

The Cool

After a recent survey of 3000 British 18-44 year old "urbanites", a list of the coolest people in the world has been drawn up. Now, it isn't really Johnny Depp being voted coolest celebrity, or Boris Johnson being the only politician to make the "cool list" (though, seriously, he is) that interests me, but the list of the coolest authors, which looks like this:

1. J.K. Rowling
2. Dan Brown
3. Philip Pullman
4. Christopher Brookmyre
5. Michael Moore

(Incidentally, Moore is also fourth on the "coolest movie directors" list.)

No real surprises, (well, apart from Brookmyre, who's surely only there because Quite Ugly One Morning got the TV treatment a few weeks ago), particularly with Dan Brown. If this is popular opinion, well, one must bow to it, mustn't one.